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Week One: 1950s

The Korean War

From the following list, choose five and identify their significance during the Korean War.

      Japanese occupation; Soviet position after war; 38th parallel, Truman; Syngman Rhee, NSC-68; Soviet support of North; UN position; Chinese involvement; Inchon; Talks at Panmunjom; Martin Letter; General MacArthur; Stalemate; POWs, Armistice agreement

|Event             |Significance in Korean War                                                                                     |
|38th parallel     |The 38th parallel was the prewar border between North and South Korea. It became the struggle point of the     |
|                   |Korean war. North Korea crossed the 38th parallel and captured Seoul twice. At one time North Korea controlled |
|                   |most of South Korea; U.N. forces always pushed them back north of the 38th parallel.                           |
|Truman             |Truman made the decision to aid South Korea. He also fired MacArthur for insubordination.                       |
|NSC-68             |The National Council Report 68. A study done by the National Security Council that influenced foreign policy.   |
|Inchon             |The location of a surprise American invasion that pushed North Korea back across the 38th parallel.             |
|Martin letter     |The letter that MacArthur wrote to Joseph Martin that lead to his dismissal.                                   |

The Fabulous Fifties

From the following list, choose five and identify their significance during the 1950s.

      The Hula Hoop, Disneyland, The Mickey Mouse Club, Interstate Highways, Dishwashers, Hi-fis and Stereos, Poodle Skirts, McDonald’s, Drive-in Theaters, Levittown, Dr. Spock, Ozzie and Harriett, Leave it to Beaver, I Love Lucy, Father Knows Best, The Honeymooners, Amos ‘n Andy, My Little Margie, Echo Park, Persistent Poverty, Black Urban Migration, Urban...

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